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"Artists Loving Artists" is a podcast for musicians/artists to discuss and dissect THEIR biggest influences and favorite artists. Song by song, album by album, and memory by memory, Singer-Songwriter Mina Soto and her friends will run the road of their biggest inspirations, most memorable experiences, and highlights of their favorite people each week. Artists up for lyrical analysis and of influence will include: Jackson Browne, The Faces, The Rolling Stones, Matchbox 20, and so much more.
 
I'm Art Aguirre, and I'm a professor. One thing I love about what I do is the storytelling that goes on in my classroom. My students often learn more from hearing their classmates' stories than from any of my lectures. I'm not sure if that's an indictment on my lectures 😬, but I've seen the power of this storytelling firsthand. So that's what this show is focused on--taking the stories and experiences and identities that have been pushed to the margins and bringing them to the forefront.
 
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On this week’s episode, Art is joined by podcaster, musician, and very good friend—Mina Soto. Mina shares how she started writing music, describes her writing process, explains what it was like recording her first studio single, and we also hear how Art and Mina first met before joining a band together. Go listen to Mina’s new single “Can’t Be Sure…
 
This week Art starts by briefly discussing the domestic terrorist attack/riot that took place last week in the Capitol, & what has happened since. Art then sits down with Eric Reed from the band Alabama Deathwalk. Art & Eric discuss how Alabama Deathwalk started & evolved, the new EP coming out at the end of the month—Young Runner, & what Eric mean…
 
For this last episode of 2020, Art has Celeste back on the show, and they start by discussing the impact 2020 has had on most of us and how we should assess ourselves after such a tumultuous year. This leads to a discussion on new year resolutions, how they’ve been constructed for us by our media and social environments, how we should really go abo…
 
Welcome Back & Happy Holidays Everyone! This week, Adi is back in the co-hosting chair with me for a very special episode! This Very Merry Edition of Artists Loving Artists is JAM PACKED with some amazing Artists, lots of LOL's, and Christmas Memories! Adi and I are taking it song by song, take by take on some of our Holiday Favorites + Artists abo…
 
This week the gang does things a little different. Karla and Danielle take their turn doing the interviewing and talk to Art about the clothing line he’s starting, Power Panza. Art talks about body images issues he’s had since he was young, how powerlifting and his powerlifting coach have helped change some of those issues, and what his purpose is …
 
This week’s episode starts with Art, Karla, Danielle, and Danielle’s cousin, Ali talking about what they’re thankful for this year and how they plan on acting on that gratitude moving into the new year. This week’s guest is former linebacker for the University of Texas at El Paso and current CEO of ShredSkinz, Kalaii Griffin. Kalaii talks to Art ab…
 
This week the gang is back. Karla and Danielle return and join Art for this week’s episode. The gang talks about their feelings throughout the election, how they feel now that most media outlets have called the race for Biden and Harris, the current Covid-19 numbers in El Paso, and their frustration with how Covid-19 has become a partisan issue.…
 
Episode 26 of “Artists Loving Artists” is now available on iTunes, Soundcloud, etc!This week…*drumroll* Adi is back! And this time, we’ve jam packed some awesome tunes, and a fantastic discussion on two of our favs: Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves!The idea sprung up on us last week, when Adi first premiered on the Pod, and soon it was settled: it wa…
 
We have a surprise second episode this week, and Art took a small break from election news to catch up with his friend and band member of the Lusitania, Adi Kanlic. Adi shares his experience playing and touring with the band for the last 15 years, how the writing process has changed over the years, and discusses the re-release of their album Rain a…
 
On this week's episode Art's guest and co-host is his friend from grad school, Dr. Diana Leon-Boys from the University of South Florida. Art and Diana use this episode to decompress their thoughts and feelings now that this election is over (kind of). They discuss how this election felt different than the one in 2016, their feelings about Biden win…
 
It’s election day, so I did a special mini-pod with return guest, and my good friend, Celeste. Celeste and I start by discussing the stress that comes with this particular election, especially given that we may not know the results for some time. We then talk about how this election and the run up to the election may have sparked some difficult con…
 
Welcome Back!This week is a little different and a lot more awesome - I’m joined by my pal Adi Kanlic of The Lusitania to talk about and listen to some tunes from the re-release of their album: “Rain and Rivers” in celebration of its 10-year anniversary!I knew the Lusitania from the music scene when living in El Paso, and Adi and I agree: some spec…
 
This is the last episode of our election series, and Art is joined by writer and actor, Elizabeth Dwyer. Elizabeth has been engaging in community organizing and grassroots activism for years, and she shares with us what is at stake for the LGBTQ community in this election. Elizabeth explains how she became an activist, some of the progressive miles…
 
On this episode we discuss Covid-19 & focus on the experience of those working on the frontlines of this pandemic. We have 3 guests this week who share what it has been like working in the medical field over the last 8 months & how things have changed as the pandemic has spread & cases have increased. All of us here at the Forefront want to thank t…
 
Welcome Back! Episode 25 is a New Segment!Entitled the "Soto Shuffle", I decided to make a new game on discussing my favorite artists, and it was so fun!In this Episode, you'll here me talk all about Moana, Taylor Swift's albums (love 'em or hate 'em?), do my best to refrain from going into a deep dive on one of my favorites, Matchbox 20, and here …
 
We continue our election series as well as our conversation from last week. Karla & Art start the episode by discussing the difficult nexus of faith, family & politics as we get closer to the upcoming election, which leads to this week’s guests—Father Michael Lewis & Fernie Ceniceros from the Catholic Diocese of El Paso. (34:37) Art, Father Michael…
 
This week is a little bit different. We had a guest have to cancel at the last minute, so Art was going to cancel this week’s episode and double up next week. Instead, Dan the Man makes his triumphant return for an impromptu conversation on the complicated nexus of family, faith and politics. Karla was even able to call in and join the conversation…
 
Danielle returns this week with Art & Karla & they discuss the Presidential debate as well as Trump & his team testing positive for Covid-19. We continue our elections series by discussing two radical groups who have thrown their support behind President Trump—the Proud Boys & QAnon. Ben Sales from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency joins us to discuss …
 
This week Art continues the election series and is joined by Rebecca Larsen, Instructor and Regional Site Manager for the Political Science Department at the Waco location of Texas Tech. Art and Rebecca discuss the Supreme Court, the impact of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the likely scenario for filling the Supreme Court vacancy, what’s at stake fo…
 
Karla is back this week to co-host with Art, & they continue the election series. This week they focus on the economy. Karla & Art discuss some previous financial regret, & then Karla explains how she became friends with this week’s guest, Doug Silva, Senior Vice President at Rio Bank. Doug shares his journey from Houston to McAllen & then delves i…
 
This is the 1st week of our election series where we focus on issues voters should consider for November. Art is joined by Dan who explains how COVID has affected him as a parent & teacher, & they both share stories of impactful teachers they had. This week’s guest is Chrissy Beltran Ceniceros, also known as Buzzing with Ms. B, who details her jour…
 
This week it’s just the gang—Art, Danielle, and Karla. They begin the episode by recapping the tragic shooting of Jacob Blake as well as the murder of two protestors in Kenosha. They discuss the emotions involved with these police shootings and subsequent protests and the frustration in the blindness some have towards racial injustice. They end the…
 
Art, Karla & Danielle are back for this month’s final installment of the sports series. They start the episode discussing the change of certain terminology in the fantasy football industry & why/how the words we use matter. Later, Art talks to this week’s guest, Fantasy Editor at the NFL, Marcas Grant. Marcas discusses how he worked his way to the …
 
Art is back this week with Karla, along with another familiar face as co-host—Celeste Nevarez. Art, Karla, & Celeste begin the show discussing the notion of privilege & all the uncomfortable feelings & emotions that come up when people hear that word. The sports series continues with this week’s guest from the NFL Network, news anchor Patrick Clayb…
 
Art & Karla are back for another installment of the sports series. They start by discussing the explosion in Beirut, the current crisis with USPS, and end by discussing the debate on paying college athletes. This week’s guest is Aileen Martinez, the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing for the University of Texas at San Antonio. Aileen shares …
 
Welcome Back!This week, I'm joined by my pal Bo Tyler: guitarist, banjo player, and striking harmonizer! Bo is part of the Cosmic Campfire quartet led by Curtis Roush of the "Bright Light Social Hour", as well as Bo & Chris: his duo with his pal and fellow guitarist, and... works Solo too! Is there anything he CAN'T do?! You can find my quirky and …
 
Art is back this week with Karla and a new co-host, Matt Higgins. This month, with sports trying to make their way back from this pandemic, we’re focused on marginalized voices and stories from the sports industry. Our guest this week is Andrew Aqua, one of Art’s former students and a former football player for the University of New Mexico. Aqua sh…
 
One year ago today, the lives of many people on the El Paso/Juárez border were forever changed when a man with racist intent shot & killed 23 people at a Wal-Mart in El Paso. We wanted to do something to remember that day & those people, so we’re sharing our interview with Celeste Nevarez from episode 3 where her & Art discussed the shooting & what…
 
It’s the final installment of our Love & Relationships series, and we’re ending by talking about love. It’s also the return of Danielle as co-host with Karla and Art. They answer some questions about love including how their concept of love has changed and some of the biggest lessons they’ve learned. This week, instead of one guests, a bunch of Art…
 
Warning: On this episode we discuss topics like rape, abuse, gaslighting & a number of other topics that may be sensitive to some listeners. This week Art & Karla discuss the movement by women in El Paso to share their stories of abuse by people in the local art & music scene. Our guest is Celeste Nevarez who discusses abuse, trauma, & the effects …
 
Art is back this week with a new co-host—his friend & powerlifting coach, Jay Kearney. Art & Jay talk about their experience with body images & how they each have worked to change the way they view themselves. This week’s guests are Polo Camacho & Vicky Díaz-Camacho. Polo & Vicky share how they met, their journey to Kansas, how their view of themse…
 
Welcome Back Everyone!This week, I'm joined by my awesome pal Art Shimko - we met at one of my acoustic gigs a couple of years ago and have kept in touch via the Social Media! Art is a former radio host, and taste for music is extremely broad and unique - in turn -extremely interesting! He's a fountain of information on the things he loves - you ca…
 
This month we wanted to do something different, so we’re focusing on love & relationships. This week Art is joined by Karla, Danielle, & his best friend Dan. They talk about their thoughts on friendship & best friends & how those thoughts & feelings have changed over time. This week’s guest is Art’s friend from elementary school, Roy Moody. Roy & A…
 
Art returns with Karla and Danielle, and this week they discuss the current movement in the entertainment industry to remove old television episodes that depict racist themes/tropes. They also discuss the disgusting behavior of Shane Dawson and why you should call out racism, sexism, and all forms of discrimination when you see it. Their guest this…
 
Art is back with Karla and Danielle on this episode, and they start by discussing the tragic case of Andres Guardado and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. From there three of them discuss some of the things they’ve learned about themselves and their own circle of family and friends over the last few weeks. Our guest this week is our first return gu…
 
Art is back with Karla this week, along with two new co-hosts, Rebecca and Eddie Valdez, Karla’s cousins. The topic they discuss this week is the idea of growing up brown/Mexican/Latinx/whatever it is you grew up identifying as, and how their perceptions changed over time. They discuss how living in El Paso can shelter you from some of the racism o…
 
Welcome Back, Everybody!This week I'm joined by my Magical friend Marie! Marie & I met at the Hawai'i Songwriters Festival a few years back on the Island of Kaua'i. We became fast friends, and connected on Music on a such Soul level. She was just the right fit for the Artists on Deck this week: Michael Franti & Jack Johnson - both the epitome of lo…
 
This week Art is joined again by Danielle and Karla, and they start with an update on the George Floyd case and the protests happening all over the world. Later, they discuss a local movement to out local photographers who have assaulted women that leads to the focus of their conversation--the many obstacles and everyday life considerations women m…
 
Art is back with Karla and Danielle to discuss the tragic events of this past week. They discuss Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, Tony McDade, George Floyd and the protests that occurred in response these violent, racist attacks. This week’s guest is Dr. Godfried Asante, Assistant Professor of Communication, Difference and Dispariti…
 
Art is back with Karla as his co-host, and they start this episode discussing the similarities they had growing up Catholic and how their beliefs and faith have changed as they’ve gotten older. Art’s interview this week is with Fernie Ceniceros, one of his best friends and the Public Information Officer for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso. Fernie d…
 
Art is back with Karla as his co-host, & their guest is Celeste Nevarez, the Chief of Clinical Services for El Paso’s local mental health authority. This week, they talk about trauma & mental health, specifically in terms of the shooting that took place at the Walmart in El Paso on August 3rd, 2019. On that day, 22 people were murdered & 24 others …
 
This week Art is joined by his co-hosts, Karla and Danielle. They start the show by discussing the murder of Ahmaud Arbery which leads to a discussion of what it means to be Black and/or mixed-race in America. Danielle shares her experience growing up as a mixed-race Latina living on the border, and the group gets into a discussion on race and hate…
 
On the first episode of the Forefront, Art is joined by this week's co-host Karla Cuburu. Art explains why he started the Forefront, and then Karla and Art get into the current COVID-19 pandemic and how they've been getting through this "new normal." Art then brings on the first guest of the podcast, Mario Carrillo, the campaigns manager for Americ…
 
Welcome Back to Artists Loving Artists!This week I have the original guest of the Pod: My Dad! This we're talking all about Hawaiian Musician John Cruz. Or, Hawaii's Musician, rather - The Cruz Family is a staple for music on the Islands, and John holds a certain place in my ear and heart whenever I listen to his albums. My Dad and I delve into his…
 
Welcome Back!This Episode is a real heart-felt and jam packed look back with my dear friend and former bandmate, Art - all about one of my ultimate influences: Augustana. We comb through their collection of albums, hear a few tunes, tell tales of growing up with their catalog and how it really bonded us as friends. We pinpoint certain memories tied…
 
Welcome Back to Episode 19 of Artists Loving Artists! This week, I'm joined by my friend Dylan Reeves. His love of Screamo and my love of Melody led us to a mutual discussion on a middle ground of: Emo (no rhyme intended)..We discuss Dylan's picks from Julien Baker: "Sour Breath" & "Appointments" as well as my picks from The Format: "She Doesn't Ge…
 
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